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Mar 23, 2011 4:00am EDT
standard. our invasions, he wrote, have been liberations. the weekly standard says libya will be america's fifth war of muslim liberation. they even posted alongside this editorial this portrait of the american revolutionary war. i am not sure of the exact analogy. when you think about it, the american colonial rebels are, maybe, they are benghazi, in which case the u.s. intervening in libya is like, like, yeah, okay, the analogy doesn't make sense at all. still, you get the idea. a noble image. libya already america's fifth war of muslim liberation. and that, that triumveret claim is from the right. that is why president obama is doing what he is doing the way he is doing it in libya. it is the overarching america in the world challenge of the obama presidency. it is the overall america in the world challenge of all americans after the george w. bush era. this image, still promoted by the american right, even now, that the u.s. is stomping around the muslim world, imposing our desires on those savage people because frankly we know better. that is the narrative of america in the world in
Mar 7, 2011 10:00pm EST
will be back doing auditions with you on america's got talent in the next few weeks. do a quick fist -- >> i'm not touching your water. i know we're on the air. i'd like to be banned now. >> he'll be back. that's it for us tonight and the end of howie mandel's career. >>> piers, thanks. the battle for libya is sin tense phiing, as america considers military action in that country. moammar gadhafi continues to claim victories that do not exist. gadhafi's latest claims, versus the facts on the ground. gadhafi claims they've taken this city of mizrada. you're going to hear from a man who's pinned down there. the small arms and molotov cocktails. they have nothing to fight with, he says, and nothing left to lose. the man you are going to hear from tonight says he's preparing to die. preparing for another fight like the one they had this weekend. [ gunfire ] >> gadhafi continues to spin stories to the world. in a new interview, he claims the uprising is not happening, and cities have been held captive by a few dozen al qaeda fighters, and he claims only small numbers of people have died. >> trans
Mar 8, 2011 2:00am EST
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Mar 6, 2011 1:00pm EST
and in america over budgets and politics. nick kristof back from the middle east. eliot spitzer familiar with the problems of balancing budgets. david frum. chrystia freeland. what in the world. we found a nation even more divided than our own. finally we'll take a last look at the ultimate mubarak bling. i'll explain. now, there's an interesting debate about whether the events in the middle east are good for the united states, the west, good for peace and stability, but i think there can be little dispute about whom they are bad for. al qaeda. in fact the arab revolts of 2011 represent a total repudiation of al qaeda's founding ideology. think about it. for 20 years al qaeda has said that the regimes of the arab world and massive dictatorships and the only way to overthrow them is to support al qaeda and its terrorism. then in a few weeks the people of the arab world have overturned two governments by means of nonviolent demonstrations and begun a process reform and revolution that will alter the basic bargain between the ruler and ruled in the middle east. al qaeda insisted that people
Mar 10, 2011 7:00am EST
on the line for democrats. go ahead. caller: hi. the last time i checked, america was a place that all people could live. i think muslims are people. christians are people. we should tolerate one another. if you want to get angry in this country, there's enough things to get angry about. there are loss of freedoms. there are interfering into other people's countries and their businesses and their ways. we are not going to be satisfied in this country until we run ourselves all the way down into the dirt. host: again, if you like to contact us, you can dial in on the phone numbers. we have set aside our fourth phone line for muslims in the u.s. this morning. 202-628-0184 is the number for you to call and you can also contact us via e-mail or twitter. from "the washington post" this morning, "house hearing to bring debate on islam to the fore." host: that is from "the new york times -- that is from "the washington post." good morning. caller: in republican -- i am republican. i wanted to vote for george bush, but i felt there was going to be a war. i was told that republicans usually engage in
Mar 1, 2011 10:00am EST
. at this point, america was in the throes of a cold war and our great nation was viewed with cynicism. the peace corps showed the world the enduring values of peace, commitment to national service and an optimism that had been lost in the cold war and world war ii. under the masterful direction of sargent shriver, it grew to 1,500 volunteers. i was one of those early recruits. i found myself in peace corps training and found myself in medellin, colombia. i saw the grinding cycles of poverty that left so many men, women and children without hope. i committed then to work to end the culture of poverty. it is in no small part due to that experience in the peace corps that i am standing here in the congress. yes, i will yield. mr. dreier: i'd like to con gradge late my friend for his service in the peace corps. he not only served then but he continues to share that with us today and as we deal with countries around the world, the peace corps has been very important and i'm happy to recognize their 50th anniversary. mr. farr: thank you, mr. dreier. over the past 50 years, the peace corps has shown th
Mar 2, 2011 9:19am EST
in missouri, we really appreciate you really being one-person voice of america at a time when we really need it. so thank you. i wanted to submit two questions to you in writing. one, about our continued work. we had an oversight subcommittee last year. we heard from stewart bowen and we would like to get an update on the transition efforts in terms of reconstruction, how that process is going and also would like to get a written question in to you about the ongoing engagement with bosnia for constitutional reforms and the need for u.s. engagement with the e.u. but i'd like to focus my question really about the voices of democracy that are really rising across the middle east, north africa and elsewhere and the need to reevaluate our public diplomacy tools. certainly, looking beyond our traditional state to state, diplomatic efforts but about citizen to citizen diplomacy, the cost-effectiveness of that. i was especially reminded of that this past week. i had a bipartisan town hall meeting with congresswoman emerson and a student came up to me who studied in cairo the previous year, was conti
Mar 28, 2011 5:00pm EDT
to the american people. since returning from south america, the president has begun to talk in greater detail about our involvement in libya. for the second time, he's discussed our operations in and around libya with the congressional leadership. over the weekend he devoted his entire address to the topic and he'll speak to the american people tonight about our operations in libya. all of this is welcome and in my view, overdue. before addressing what answers i hope to hear from the president this evening let me address the notifications to congress that the president has made. prior to the initiation of combat activities in libya the congressional leadership received two forms of notification of the president's decision to order americans into harm's way. prior to departing for his overseas trip, the president notified the congressional leadership of his plans to send american forces in to combat in action a limited discreet role to destroy the integrated air defenses of the libyan government and to enable our allies to estab
Mar 13, 2011 1:00pm EDT
with it the right resources by countering that ideology. the narrative says that america is against muslims, it creates this that america is going to iraq, to convert, kill them, attack them. that's the narrative. we can present our strategy so far has been try to break down that propaganda. that's wrong. we need to have a forward strategy of liberty minded freedom minded ideas into the islamic consciousness. we can do that as muslims but we need your help through websites, a social network. look what happened in egypt and tunisia through social networking and that countered a lot, that wasn't islamists that did that. most was secular muslims that wanted to take control of their future. when we have a government that produces a report and after the hassan incident and the word muslim or islam or jihad isn't in the document, you wonder why we are so paralyzed in treating this, i as a muslim i need this conversation. if we're going to fix this cancer that's within, the whole viable wonderful beautiful faith that i practice, we need to be able to talk about it. it's like trying to treat cancer
Mar 7, 2011 4:00pm EST
in america. it's a global price. the key message is don't foul nymex, west texas and the media. it's a brent world. >> what's the difference? >> brent is europe. >> so brent is oil in europe. >> nymex is oil in cushing oklahoma. we're at $115 a barrel right now. >> how much is that price spike driven by speculation that there will be supply disruptions in the middle east? >> some is speculation, someis geopolitical risk. $15, $17 or so. >> what, if anything, do you think is the appropriate political governmental response particularly on the pood issfoo? >> first of all, i think it's important that we're able to identify the most vulnerable people affected. and the poorest are typically the most affected especially in developing countries. those who live in urban areas. and it's essential that one scales up safety net programs to help them out. in poor countries, as much as 70% of household expenditures are spent on food. so you can just imagine what this sort of increase in prices causes. so it's essential that those poor people are protected by scaling up some of these programs. secretarily
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Mar 9, 2011 9:00am EST
, by the day, welcome to "america's newsroom", i'm bill hemmer martha: good to see you bill, welcome, everybody i'm martha maccallum we have these multiple tornado warnings from the big easy to south alabama and these storms are looking very serious bill: maria molina live from the weather center, what do you have? >> reporter: good morning we do have a brand new watch that's been issued in parts of the florida panhandle from southern alabama and also in mississippi this is all along these lines of storms and a tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for tornado development, so as the storms do enter the watch area we're going to see these touching down and the current report right now of a tornado on the ground we do have a tornado warning in red, in gulf shores and that also does mean that tornadoes currently on the move, moving east at 50 miles per hour, it was spotted 6 miles northeast of the gulf shores airport so if you are in this area, you need to seek shelter immediately aside from the tornado threat we have several thunderstorms warnings in the area, in yellow, that means wi
Mar 19, 2011 7:00pm PDT
who arrived, they shut down bank of america yesterday in washington, d.c., because the bank of america does not pay taxes. you will pay more taxes than bank of america. look that up, >> i am sorry, i missed my cue. i have three boys. does that help you decide where i was? thank you for inviting me today. it is an honor to be on this stage and that celebrate the 100th anniversary of the right to vote. as i began to write my speech for this event, i really started to struggle with the subject. the first draft, the participants, and the details leading up to gaining the right to vote. the question that kept popping up in my head was this, 100 years later, is there enough to celebrate? have we made significant strides in our fight for equality? i kept ignoring the question pushing around my head. the thought kept buzzing in my head like a baby at a picnic. when i finally paid attention on whether we have made significant strides, the answer was an unequivocal no. it was only when i answered the question it and sat down, it was only when i answered that question that the word
Mar 22, 2011 5:30pm EDT
has been on the phone to paris and london. >> yes, if he is doing a tour of south america at the moment. so, he spoke to them from air force one. he said to cameron and nicolas sarkozy, they reviewed what was going on and they reviewed that the no-fly zone had been established and the assault on benghazi had been repulsed to an extent. they agreed that nato would play a key part in any forward command structure. a key part. not necessarily the only parts. but president obama is very worried about america being seen to take the lead. he does not want the muslim and arab world to think america on its own is in charge of this. nato is the premier part of the military western alliance. that does not look good to everybody. that is what the argument has been about. the french thought it would look bad if nato was in charge. but nato is the structure that is there. you cannot build one from scratch. >> mark mardell, from washington. also be -- i asked one guest whether this was once again in europe not been decisive enough over libya. >> no, i think that is unfair. we have a ran
Mar 23, 2011 4:00am EDT
. >>> and it was once the engine of america. we bring you the startling new figures on detroit's mass population exodus. before all of that, we want to update you on the situation now in japan. black smoke has been seen rising out of the fukushima daichi plant number three reactor building. this is the reactor that has been giving crew there's some trouble the past couple of days. tokyo electric power company says some workers have been evacuated from the plant. we will have more on that from tokyo a bit later on in the show. nina? >> pauline, let's turn our attention towards libya, where coalition bombs and missiles continue to rain down. aircraft like this u.s. marine corps harrier jet have flown more than 212 missions so far against the libyan forces. ships in the mediterranean has launched more than 160 tomahawk cruise missiles. in the daylight the damage is becoming clear. this is what is left of several large rocket launchers, trucks and also other military hardware in tripoli's port area. far to the east, a u.s. fighter plane crashed due to mechanical problems. that happened near the opposition
Mar 21, 2011 5:00pm EDT
is midway through a trip to latin america. speaking in chile today, president said that latin america is an example of those in middle east fighting for democracy. tomorrow he travels to allow salvador, where he will hold a joint press conference with the salvadoran president. and on wednesday, he will tour mayan ruins in the national cathedral in san salvador before returning to washington. >> tonight on c-span, marking the eighth anniversary of the department of homeland security with former secretary tom ridge and michael chertoff and current secretary janet nepalitano. they discuss the structure of the agency and what they miss most about the job. >> people have asked me, is being secretary, and to a certain extent i stake my guess. i miss working with people -- i say, yes. i miss working with people who addressed and it was very intense, but an exciting time. ines not knowing. i mean, not that everything we read every morning, michael, or janet, was something you would want to run home and talk to your kids about, but you do is not knowing. >> the secretary tom ridge, michael che
Mar 28, 2011 11:00pm EDT
at the outset of our military operations. i said that america's role would be limited, that we would not put ground troops into libya, that we would focus our unique capabilities on the front end of the operation, and that we would transfer responsibility to our allies and partners. tonight, we are fulfilling that pledge. our most effective alliance, nato, has taken command of the enforcement of the arms embargo and the no-fly zone. last night, nato decided to take on the additional responsibility of protecting libyan civilians. this transfer from the united states to nato will take place on wednesday. going forward, the lead in enforcing the no-fly zone and protecting civilians on the ground will transition to our allies and partners, and i am fully confident that our coalition will keep the pressure on gaddafi's remaining forces. in that effort, the united states will play a supporting role, including intelligence, logistical support, search and rescue assistance, and capabilities to jam regime communications. because of this transition to a broader, nato base coalition, the risks and cost
Mar 10, 2011 3:00pm EST
daughter, carrying on in schools in america. he has my 100% support. >> often in these circumstances, people concentrate on the victim of the bullying without thinking beyond that in the immediate family. i wonder if you could describe for us how difficult the last year has been. >> yes, to a certain extent. some things, you simply cannot describe and cannot talk about. things like uncontrolled tears, the things that remind you, little things like going into a supermarket, seeing grapes, phoebe's favorite food, reaching out for them and then realizing. it keeps coming back and it keeps hitting you and keeps giving you immense distress. i can only imagine, how bad this is for me, how much worse it is for ann, thinking of the child she carried for nine months, breast-fed, brought up, and helped and that goes on every time there's another phone call or someone else mentioned it, it brings it all back. it hasn't been allowed to go away. we cannot let my little girl lie in her gave in peace because we are continually being pestered by the fact that she's a poster child for a campaign whic
Mar 21, 2011 11:00am EDT
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Mar 31, 2011 5:00pm EDT
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Mar 6, 2011 5:30pm PST
, not only in the u.s. but throughout asia, africa, and south america that are all contributing to higher crude oil prices and consequently higher gasoline prices at the pump. >> reporter: those higher gas prices came as many were starting to feel better about the economy, but now any extra cash may be going right into the the tank. >> i think it's crazy. >> reporter: jason king spends $40 more a month on gas. >> pretty soon i'm going to have to start thinking about riding a bike or other means of transportation, definitely. >> reporter: in fact, those skyrocketing prices have some giving up the road for the rails. metro use in los angeles, up 10%. and across the country commuters are using the latest technology, smartphone apps and social media, to find the cheapest gas, anything to save a buck. >> everybody i know is trying to carpool and fill up the car as much as possible. >> reporter: gas prices hit a high in february, but in the weeks ahead spring is when prices typically rise the most. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> and as we mentioned at the top of the newscast, the ob
Mar 18, 2011 12:00am EDT
compunction for america, for the west generally to get in there and sort this out? >> i think it's one of those cases where the moral compunction as you said and the -- and the interests cohere. i don't think it's a problem so i wouldn't rule out firm action against libya. i think that's something that should be considered. i'm sure it is being considered. >> if america decided to take military action, would you support that? >> certainly wouldn't be against it. >> moving to saw, some fascinating damts -- to saudi arabia, some fascinating developments in bahrain. appears that saudi forces have been in there. a pretty surprising development, isn't it? what do you make of that? >> i don't think it's surprising at all. i think they're concerned with a possible iranian takeover of bahrain which would put iran effectively within spitting distance of the arabian peninsula. saudi arabia's working to protect its own interests, but there is a very large global interest in making sure that the world's oil wells, that the largest reserves of the world's oil supply do not fall into iranian or pro-
Mar 17, 2011 12:00am EDT
and powerful forces, one, this was a homegrown revolution. it wasn't done by america. it wasn't done by cia. it wasn't done by russia. this was by egyptians for egyptians, number one, number two, this was based on universal principles. these are people who wanted freedom, dignity and the right to run their own lives. it wasn't about down with israel or down with america. it was about up with egypt and up with me and lastly, this revolution in egypt has a missed narrative. over 400 of these young people died in tahrir square fighting for this opportunity. they've lost more kids in tahrir fighting for democracy than the egyptian army has lost in 27 years. you put together a homegrown movement based on universal principles with this kind of myth narrative of fighting for democracy and dying for it and you put it in egypt which is the center of the arab world and you have a very powerful force. and that's why i wrote at the time, this is not las vegas, what happens in egypt does not stay in egypt and as long as what happens in egypt has an upward, positive slope to it, you are going to see this
Mar 26, 2011 11:00pm EDT
america. each brings a unique perspective on how to dismantle big government and reestablished relationships between the citizen and his government. i like to introduce maryland record -- marylin from illinois. [applause] next up, we were going to have mike george, a founder of strong american now. unfortunately he could not be here. last-minute family issues. we're going to welcome an executive director with strong america now peter or. he is a navy and air force veteran. after serving over 12 years on active duty, he joined by george at the george group serving government clients within the department of defense helping to eliminate waste and reduce costs. he hopes of ba in political science and an m.a. in logistics in the air force institute of technology. please welcome peter or'rourke. next right to work is a group that has an incredible work here in iowa, fighting the push to repeal our status as a right to work state. he has helped to fight against compulsory unionism. please welcome greg. [applause] our fourth speaker is the president of citizens united and citizens uni
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Mar 22, 2011 7:00pm EDT
in the matter of days. >> shepard: jennifer griffin live at the pentagon in america's new war in libya. on day four of that conflict, president obama decides to cut his foreign trip short or i should say cut short his foreign trip and come home. meantime russia and china are calling for a cease-fire in libya, raising concerns about civilian casualties. but one u.s. official says they are falling for what he calls qaddafi's lies. remember russia and china abstained from the united nations vote authorizing the military operation. and, yesterday, the russian prime minister vladimir putin compared it to the crusades. russia's president meet tri medvedev made the rare move of criticizing putin for that comment. our defense secretary robert gates happens to be in russia right now. he medicine with medvedev but not putin and said the coalition is carefully trying to avoid killing civilians. >> it's almost as though some people here are taking it face value qaddafi's claims about the number of civilian casualties, which as far as i'm concerned is outright lies. >> shepard: secretary gates expects the
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Mar 30, 2011 8:00pm EDT
system. how does mr. obama really see america? now, i can't answer that question with any certainty. the issue first came up with the reverend wright controversy. mr. obama's long time pastor despises america. that hurt the president but not enough to give john mccain the election. then there was the cairo speech where president obama told the world too aggressive in trying to solve problems overseas and he would end that policy as he has. in seeking con ken us -- consens the president has diminished american power. pakistan does not vigorously cooperate fighting the taliban despite the billions of dollars we give it china continues to impose a fixed economic system on america. republicans will have openings on all those issues. in the end barack obama will have to reconvince, reconvince the majority of voters that his deliberative style is what's best in a complicated world. the president is not ronald reagan, abraham lincoln or george patton. is he a strong man who sends mixed signals to the people. are there specific reasons the president is losing leadership points. >> with us t
Mar 19, 2011 12:00pm EDT
, the united states of america if you -- the problem is getting into this whole thing and how -- i know how we get in and how you start attacking even tank. as jack jacobs and dan have said, once you start doing that, you're talking about american air power because only we have the capability to do all this stuff and to do it quick. but the question is, are we then going to fight the war and, quite frankly, i believe if you go in that way, you've -- and o allies who are involved in this coalition, would they need to get in on the ground? >> okay, it may have been enough a month ago. i suspect if the no-fly zone had been started, particularly if the u.s. would have been involved, we would have seen cad's forces melt away -- gadhafi's forces melt away. nobody wants to die for him particularly. and now that the offense sieve coming close to victory, it may not be enough. in which case even if you're using air power to strike ground targets, you have to go in low. you have to take out the air defense side. you have a wider war without putting a single boot on the ground. but if that doesn't work,
Mar 22, 2011 5:00pm EDT
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Mar 14, 2011 3:00pm EDT
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Mar 15, 2011 3:00pm EDT
states, given the interest in clean, abundant and cheap energy. that nuclear renaissance in america is now in danger. right now one-fifth of america's electricity comes from 104 nuclear reactors. they're expensive. companies were loathed to build them, given the tangle of regulations so the federal government offered loan guarantees to get operators to invest their money. president obama is asking for $36 billion for nuclear power in this year's proposed budget. 12 applications right now for construction and licenses. but real safety issues during unforeseen catastrophic events like what happened in japan will have to be addressed by the industry. we still need alternatives to oil and coal, but we'll have to see whether more nuclear generated electricity is part of our future. that's it for me now. brooke baldwin takes over with "newsroom". >>> we are going to take you to libya. we'll take you to egypt, even texas over the course of the next two hours. >>> first, it's wednesday morning in japan where aftershocks continue to rattle buildings and nerves as well. listen. >> oh, my god.
Mar 1, 2011 8:00pm EST
to get rid of the large magazines. because there is no place in america anymore that is safe. this could happen any time, anyplace and so with that i thank you for listening to me tonight and i thank my friend for standing here with me and talking about it. i will say in closing, it's 17 years since an incident happened to my family, there does not a day go by that i don't remember what happened and that's why i continue to fight for this issue. i don't want another family to go through the pain. i don't want to see another person die. i don't want to see someone injured for the rest of their life and to fight those battles. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey -- mrs. mccarthy: madam speaker, i move the house do now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly, the house stands adjourned until 10 up a bill to ext
Mar 11, 2011 6:30pm EST
and independent insurance agents and brokers of america and president of ericson insurance services in washington depot, connecticut. frank nutter, president reinsurance association of america, washington, d.c. sandra parrillo, chair of the national association of mutual insurance companies and president and ceo of providence mutual fire insurance company, warwick, rhode island. then donna jallick, on behalf of the property casualty insurance association of america and vice president flood operations. harleysville insurance, harle harleysville, pennsylvania. and last but not least, barry rutenberg, first vice chair, chairman national association of home builders, washington, d.c. welcome to you all. as you heard, i'm sure, if you can limit your testimony to five minutes and after that we'll have the question and answers. so mr. ellis, if you would like to begin for five minutes, you're recognized. >> thank you. good morning, chairman biggert, ranking member gutierrez, members of the subcommittee, i am steve ellis, vice president of taxpayers for common sense, a national nonpartisan budget watchdo
Mar 11, 2011 12:00pm EST
america to mexico to the united states -- we have to work on our drug control programs here. we have to try and do something about more effective programs to stop people from getting addicted to drugs. but i think the legalization of drugs is clearly a debate that we have to have that. host: the next call is from the bahamas. zack, you are on the air. caller: the national times that you were " prettquoting. host: i did not know the ownership of the financial times. caller: you may want to check that. that is not the only publication that muammar gaddafi owns. ms. lowey, you strike me as very naive when it comes to foreign -- i am surprised that you are on the forum committee. -- on the foreign aid committee. i am familiar with eastern europe. i have some background there. anything is better than muammar gaddafi. the person leading the rebels has a ph.d. i am surprised the protesters and libya -- they are sitting ducks. maybe some kind of advice [unintelligible] i tell you, anything is better than muammar gaddafi. that is my comment. guest: let me say that you certainly seemed well in
Mar 19, 2011 2:00pm EDT
america. we're just getting news now that the defense secretary robert gates is delaying his trip to russia because he has the situation to deal with. how prepared are we? how involved might the united states become in the action in libya? look, over the last week plans were developed, where the administration, both the president asked the pentagon to come up with plans to help enforce and assist in a no fly zone if this resolution was going to pass. they knew the wording and the question, how are we going to assist, clear, over the last couple weeks? we have moved assets into the mediterranean, naval assets in particular. so there is obviously something, a role they're going to play. we know about the logistical role and intelligence role they're playing which is the flying of the awacs planes over libya to identify targets and confirm where these folks are but the question is, are there going to be more action that u.s. military assets are going to take beyond intelligence gathering and i think we'll find out more in the next few hours. the delay of secretary gates' trip to russ
Mar 28, 2011 8:00pm EDT
leadership and emphasis on how america was going to step down. and he mentioned a couple of times that gadhafi must step down. and then he made a very puzzling comment and that was, regime change by force would be a mistake. gadhafi must have been somewhat comforted by that. it was then at least to some degree a counter to the president's statement, gadhafi must go, and if we end up with a situation where gadhafi reclaims power, we could see what we saw after the first gull war, a stalemate, a no fly zone and lasted for two years and didn't bring saddam hussein out of power. the reason why we wage war is to achieve a policy that we state. the present policy is that gadhafi must go. and i think there's every chance if we keep the pressure on, that gadhafi will be thrown under the bus. >> the libyan people themselves will successfully get rid of gadhafi. he suggested that, yes, the military mission that the u.n. and the nato, the arab leg have authorized is limited to protecting civilians and the no fly done and all of that, but he said that the u.s. goal still is that gadhafi must
Mar 9, 2011 6:00pm PST
to fuel the huge demand. so mexico is organized crime gangs touch practically every community in america. question, if marijuana were legalized in the u.s., what impact would that have on the u.s.-mexican relationship? you get that, monica. >> i got. that with some states have legalized the use of medicinal marijuana but in this country you'll knit ever go the legalization in any kind of national sense. it's not going to happen. and it's not just marijuana that the drug traffickers are bringing across the border. it's heroin. it's cocaine. it's the whole range of drugs. what is going on on the border? there are three war. there's the war between the drug cartels, there's the war between the mexican government and the cartels, and then there's the war against the mexican citizens and individuals by the criminals and by the cartels. united states is trying to help mexico, but our agents crossing the border are not allowed to be armed, putting us as a huge disadvantage and the murder of that ice agent two weeks ago was a game changer. it changed the dynamic of our interests, not only our ec
Mar 9, 2011 1:00pm EST
of muslims in america. to some akin to joseph mccarthy's 1950s communist witch hunt. peter king is the modern-day joseph mccarthy. >> i would say, first of all, there's no basis for it. secondly, i tell people wait and watch and listen to the hearing. >> reporter: king has not always been at odds with muslim americans. in the 1990s, he backed u.s. action in the balkans to defend muslims there. >> i was not popular in my district. but i did it because it was the right thing to do. i thought the muslim community in those countries is being victimized. >> reporter: he had a close bond with leaders of this mosque and others in his new york district. then came 9/11. >> it switched when i saw the muslim american community not responding the way they should have. when they were trying to cover up for al qaeda, when they were trying to blame it on jews and the fbi, the cia, i couldn't believe what i was hearing. >> reporter: like comments from now former friends like ghazi khankan. >> i said we should also investigate the possibility of israel being involved. and that changed his opinion 100%. >> rep
Mar 6, 2011 10:30am EST
published monday in the miami harold wrote "we are the most generous nation in america and friendly aid should go to shows countries that support our values." some attempt to secure the facts through novel ways of slicing and dicing the numbers. there continue to be significant increases in recent years. the $61.4 billion international affairs request is a 42% increase over fiscal year 2008 levels. the increases are more dramatic when we focus on the state department's own salaries and operations. the $12 billion state programs request say 25% increase over 2010 actual levels and nearly 75% increase since 2008. there is also a problem of misplaced priorities. the administration should also not propose increases while cutting forces in counterterrorism. particularly when they have sites set on american targets and americans are being captured and kille and killed by somali pirates. the country's transition to a more stable and democratic future must forever guide us. pakistan must also do more to meet the pressing united states concerns, including the release of raymond davis, our detai
Mar 8, 2011 1:00pm EST
for that? let's take him at face value, that he wants to learn how muslims in america and possibly american-born muslims get drawn into terrorism or radicalism? that in itself is a good question. is there some problem with the way he's doing this, or do you think it's a fair question that we will find fair answers to, as the type that you've been describing? >> i think the fastest way for him to learn is to engage with the community directly. shortly after 9/11, my organization was invited by the fbi to speak to agents about who muslims were and muslim issues so that they would get educated. we trained 1600 fbi agents and then gave them access to our mosques. they came in and they told the people who were very scared at the time to engage with law enforcement. and they told people the crowds and people who were praying that you don't have to fear us. we are here to protect you. and this is the way you engage us. and this is criminal activity. and here's an 800 number. this is the kind of cooperation that has been going on already. and we need to scale that up. and i know my community, the m
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